- Associated Press - Saturday, June 28, 2014
Lawyer fatally shot outside office in Kentucky

SOMERSET, Ky. (AP) - Clinton Inabnitt was a regular at the convenience store in the center of this small town, known for complaining that the police were conspiring against him and telling nonsensical stories while he fixed his breakfast. For months, he’d been talking to Somerset’s top defense attorney, describing his problems and asking for help.

On Friday, Inabnitt waited for Mark Stanziano to arrive at the downtown law office he shared with his wife, and without a word, he shot him at least four times, killing the attorney in front of several witnesses and at least one law enforcement officer, according to police and witness accounts.

“I said, ‘Why did you do this?” said Keri Purkerson, a cashier at Fast Chek who called 911 shortly after the shooting. “He didn’t say anything.”

Stanziano and Inabnitt were both her customers, Purkerson said. On Friday morning, she said she heard the gunshots - something she’d never experienced in this town off the banks of Lake Cumberland - and ran outside to find Stanziano in a pool of blood, with Inabnitt standing over him holding a gun.

Police say Pulaski County Sheriff’s Detective John Hutchinson witnessed the shooting, and he ran over from the courthouse across the street to arrest Inabnitt, 40. He is charged with murder.

Darrell Goff was mowing the lawn outside the courthouse, and he said he didn’t hear any argument between Stanziano and Inabnitt.


6 killed in fiery wreck in central Kentucky

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A station wagon lost control on a busy highway, crossed the median and plowed head-on into a minivan, sparking a fiery crash that killed six people - including three children - in central Kentucky.

The late night crash in Nicholasville killed a family of five along with a woman traveling in a church van who had joined a group that was helping her get out of the sex industry.

Police say no alcohol was involved in the crash.

“In my 16 years in law enforcement, it was the worst wreck I’ve seen,” Nicholasville police Sgt. Scott Harvey said.

After the crash - reported about 9:15 p.m. Thursday on a straight stretch of U.S. 27, the main link to Lexington - the station wagon was flipped on its top and engulfed in flames, Harvey said.

When authorities arrived, three people were still inside in the station wagon, and its other two occupants were several feet away.


Churchill donates to conservative group

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Churchill Downs damaged its efforts to legalize casino-style gambling in Kentucky by contributing to a political action committee working to elect conservatives to the state’s legislature, the Kentucky House’s top leader said.

The Louisville racing company won’t confirm the purpose of its contribution to the Next Generation Leadership Fund Inc., but didn’t dispute that the money would be used to try to oust Democrats from the House, The Courier-Journal (https://cjky.it/1wEXVsC) reported.

Republicans are making a strong push in this year’s election to take control of the Kentucky House for the first time in 90 years.

“This is going to make it extremely difficult, if not virtually impossible, for us to move forward with this issue,” said House Speaker Greg Stumbo, a Democrat who has long been a supporter of expanded gambling.

Stumbo said it doesn’t make sense for Churchill to target Democrats who have been most supportive of its efforts to build a casino in Louisville.

“The only bill that’s been passed in the General Assembly concerning expanded gambling is the bill that I passed in … 2009,” Stumbo said. “We did that with very little Republican support as I recall.”


Bears hunting for honey in eastern Kentucky

EOLIA, Ky. (AP) - Black bears in eastern Kentucky are taking a sweet, sticky cue from Winnie the Pooh in search for honey.

WYMT-TV (https://bit.ly/1iMGAeuhttps://bit.ly/1iMGAeu ) reports that some bears roaming in Letcher County have ditched the garbage cans in favor of bee hives.

“Every night when the dogs start barking everyone is looking for the bears,” said Machaela Lee.

Lee said bears have gotten to her bee trees before as well as berry patches near her house.

“It really slows down our production when a bear gets into the hive, especially if they get the queen bee,” Lee said.

Carl Church said a bear broke through a window to get into his building where he keeps bee hives.

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